Arguably the best and most famous beard in the NRL is no longer, and it’s thanks to a great cause and awareness raising by an NRL star.
Kangaroos, NSW Blues, and Penrith Panthers winger Josh Mansour has gone the shave of his precious beard, as part of Bowel Cancer Australia’s Decembeard campaign.
Mansour raised a massive $10,000 to beat his goal, and notch himself as the biggest fundraiser in Australia for the year.
With the total beaten, Mansour had to come to terms with the shave, and reduced his wife to tears of disbelief after the big event.
With the Penrith Panthers filming the big shave, Mansour’s immediate reaction was simply ‘Oh wow!’ with a hugegrimace. He followed that with ‘Oh my god’ and ‘I look so young!’.
After a period of coming to terms with it, the man they call ‘Sauce’ said he couldn’t even look at himself, and talked about his nerves once in the barber’s chair.
“I didn’t even recognise myself,” said Mansour to NRL.com.“I just looked at myself in the mirror and I’m fully rattled. I was so nervous. When I sat down in the chair I was more nervous for that than before a footy game.”
Spare a thought for the family too, with wife Daniella Mansour immediately in tears!
“When I got home and saw my wife, she started to cry,” Mansour said.“She kept staring at me and said ‘you look like you’re 17 again’. She said she felt like she was in a time warp.”
Thankfully, mum was the only one with tears, with nine-week-old daughter Siana enjoying the fresh new look for Dad.
“She was laughing at me,” Mansour said.“Then when I started to talk she was smiling at me, so thank God for that.”
Mansour spoke passionately about his fundraising efforts for bowel cancer, the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia, and the killer of 80 people per week just in our part of the world alone.
“At the end of the day it’s a small sacrifice,” Mansour said.“It’s for a good cause. It just felt like the right thing to do. I have no regrets at all. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.”
Bookmakers Neds rate Mansour and the Panthers a $13 chance to win the NRL premiership, with the fresh-fraced winger a key part of the mountain men in 2018.